By Nicole Catanese, Refinery29
We spend so much time focusing on how we treat our bodies-to eat right, get enough sleep, chill out (as much as possible) and of course, squeeze in regular sweat sessions. But what about exercising our brain? Just because we use it a lot by pure necessity day-to-day, doesn't mean that we're treating it right, or, well, making it better. And even if you're still in school or you're in a challenging career where you think so much you swear your brain hurts, that doesn't mean your brain is completely satisfied.
And there are surprising ways that you could be hurting how your brain operates: "What you do as an adult or what you do on a regular basis, has huge impact on how you feel and how you act - and your behavior boosts, or minimizes brain function, too," says Dr. Daniel Amen, MD, a psychiatrist and founder of Amen Clinics in California and author of Unleash the Power of the Female Brain. "One of the most important things to know is that if you are
- Refinery29 | Healthy Living – Tue, Jan 15, 2013 12:16 PM EST
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Yesterday was Day #1 of the 21 Day Relationship Challenge-but don't worry, if you sign up after this "official" start day, you'll get the full 21 days worth of daily emails starting from whenever you sign up.
Here on the blog, in addition to my usual daily posts, I'll add a very short post about the day's resolution, to give people a place to weigh in with their thoughts and experiences. We can all learn from each other, so please do comment. If you have a comment some days later, you can scroll back and add your comment at any time.
You can read all posts related to the 21 Day Relationship Challenge by going here (or searching in the Archives, found in the right rail, in the Category of "21 Day Relationship Challenge").
Now, why is this a "relationship" challenge? Why not an "energy" challenge, say? (Which would also useful, I think!) Because for many people, I've noticed, the element of Happier at Home that resonates most is the discussion of relationships.
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Blaine Moats/Fitness MagazineBy the editors of FITNESS MagazineRead More »from 9 Spices and Herbs that Can Keep You Healthy
Keep these spices handy in your spice rack to not only improve the taste of your meals but to keep you healthy, too. These spices have health benefits like lowering cholesterol and preventing cancer.
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Dried Red Pepper
The compound capsaicin puts the heat in chilies. It may lower the risk of skin and colon cancers; studies show it also helps people eat fewer calories. Try hot pepper on pizza or in pasta.
Nutmeg contains antibacterial compounds that may help fight listeria, E. coli, and salmonella, according to research. Try nutmeg in soups or chicken dishes or on sweet potatoes.
Cumin is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that may help stop tumor growth. Try cumin in tacos, or use it as a rub on meats.
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Turmeric contains an active component called curcumin, which may stop cancer from spreading and help prevent
If you go to the grocery store you'll probably notice that gluten-free products are more widespread than ever--everything from bread and pasta to chips and dessert have gluten-free versions. (Gluten is a protein primarily found in foods containing wheat, barley or rye.)
And that's for a good reason: roughly 18 million Americans have some degree of gluten sensitivity, according to Alessio Fasano, director of the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, and as many as 3 million Americans (about 1 percent of the population) have celiac disease.
For people with celiac disease, the battle in their gut between their immune system and the gluten winds up damaging tiny, fingerlike projections called villi that line the small intestine and absorb nutrients. The damage prevents nutrients from being absorbed properly, causing a variety of health problems.
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Want to get in shape but not sure where to begin with your New Year's fitness resolution? Look no further. According to a recent Harvard Medical School newsletter, there are five ideal exercises that can whip your body into shape. (Bonus: Being young, skinny and adept at all things sports not required.)
"If you're not an athlete or serous exerciser, these exercises are good for an intro to fitness," according to Sabrena Merrill, exercise physiologist and spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise (ACE). "Once you have mastered them, you can still do these-just enhance your workout by upping the intensity."Read More »from The 5 Best Workouts
By Raechel Conover, Cheapism.com
It's the New Year and a chance for a new you - all without spending loads of cash. Instead of investing in a hefty new gym fee, try working out on your own with the help of some handy free fitness apps. We scoured the web and came up with our top five favorite fitness apps to help get your new year's resolution off on the right foot.Get into shape with these five cheap fitness apps.
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1. Runtastic. Primarily a running app but also good for biking and other indoor/outdoor distance activities, this fitness app has a built-in GPS that tracks your route and progress along the way. You'll get read-outs for distance, time, speed, pace, calories burned, and more. The popular running app makes it especially easy to analyze your progress daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly, and to share those results with others.Read More »from Top 5 Free Fitness Apps to Help You Get in Shape
Pros and Cons: Blackberry users who reviewed Runtastic at the Blackberry App World store say it's very useful for serious training and several claim
- FitSugar | Healthy Living – Mon, Jan 14, 2013 5:03 PM EST
FitSugarSource: Commitment Issues? Help Weight-Loss Resolutions Stick
Going with the flow can be healthy in many circumstances, but it's not always the best bet when it comes to a weight-loss routine. To see the results you want on the scale and in your clothes, committing to a healthy diet and exercise plan is a must. And with these tips in mind, it's not as hard as you think.
- Pencil it in: Keeping a food journal is a helpful technique to achieve your healthy goals. One study found that the women who were the most successful at losing weight monitored their food intake by keeping a journal. In addition, whether you have to jot it down in a calendar, send a series of email reminders, or pay for classes ahead of time, schedule workouts in advance.
- Stay positive: Beating yourself up does more harm than good when it comes to weight loss, and anxiety and negativity aren't helping you achieve your goals at all. Focus on keeping a positive attitude and celebrating healthy
- FitSugar | Healthy Living – Mon, Jan 14, 2013 4:47 PM EST
Source: Portion Control: One Step Closer to Significant Weight Loss
At its most basic, weight loss is a simple equation of calories in and calories out, which makes keeping track of what you're eating that much more important. "But what's the point," you ask, "when I'm already sticking to a healthy diet?" While we'd never tell you to stop eating avocados, nuts, or whole-wheat pasta, these foods (and others) are notoriously calorie-dense. If you're on the path to weight loss, it's no easy journey, but some simple reminders about portion control will ensure your healthy snack of nut butter and fruit doesn't become the calorie equivalent of an entire meal.
- Start with the basics: Before you can even begin to know what your meal plan will break down to, you first need to learn what your daily calorie requirements are. Keep in mind that the daily requirement is different for everyone based on certain factors like activity level, age, and gender. Use this handy calorie calculator to
Foster at the Golden Globes.Of all the supposedly-gay celebrities in the rumor mill, Jodie Foster has perhaps remained caught in it the longest. Why? Perhaps because she's chosen to remain silent—or confusingly vague, rather—about her sexuality for so many years.
It's hardly surprising, then, that media coverage of her Sunday night Golden Globes speech has alternately hailed Foster for coming out, wondered what the heck she was trying to say, and yawned, reporting that the star came out "again."
What she did say, after opening with the tease, "I'm just going to put it out there, loud and proud. I am, uh, . . . single," was, among other things, thank you to Cydney Bernard, her former longtime partner with whom she has two sons. Foster called her "my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, my confessor, ski buddy, consiglieri, [and] most beloved BFF of 20 years."
Foster also claimed she had already come out. “I alreadyRead More »from So Jodie Foster is Finally Out. Or is She?
Courtesy of TwitterAmanda MacMillan, SELF magazine
We've asked you to get #UpnOut with us. We've given you plenty of #JumpStartDiet tips, showered you with healthy recipes and even encouraged you to #TreatYoSelf. And through it all, we ask you to tell us about it on Twitter. And it's not just because we like to see our @SELFmagazine handle in your feeds (although we love that, too!). We do it because we've known for quite some time what the science is now starting to prove: It works!
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According to a new study published this week in the journal Translational Behavioral Medicine, Twitter can be a valuable support tool for people trying to shed pounds. The study is one of the first to examine the social networking site as part of a larger weight-loss program.
Researchers from the University of South Carolina studied a group of 42 overweight men and women who had been given a weight-loss podcast subscription, a calorie-tracking app and a Twitter app onRead More »from Twitter Helps You Lose Weight
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